Elon Musk; The Coming Wave; The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel — Here is the October, 2023 list of best-selling business books for the New York Times

Elon musk, IsaacsonThe New York Times has published its list of best-selling business books for October, 2023.  For the first time in a very long time (literally, a few years now), Atomic Habits is no longer at the #1 spot.

The new book at the top spot is Walter Isaacson’s new biography of Elon Musk, titled…Elon Musk. At the First Friday Book Synopsis, I presented my synopsis of Isaacson’s book Steve Jobs, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  But, though Steve Jobs had his flaws, I admired him much more than I do Mr. Musk.  I do plan to read the new book, but…I’m working up to it.

Of the ten books on this month’s list, I have presented four at the First Friday Book Synopsis event:  Atomic Habits, The Creative Act, The Coming Wave, and Dare to Lead. This is the first month I can remember when we have not presented at least five of the ten books from this monthly list.

I am high on all four that I presented, but in this era of promise and fear about Artificial Intelligence, I especially recommend The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the Twenty-first Century’s Greatest Dilemma.  It is quite something!

(Here is a link to an interview with the book’s author from just this week, October 11, 2023, conducted by Steve Inskeep on NPR’s Morning EditionLeading voice in AI, who worries about its consequences, favors regulating it).


Here are the ten books on this month’s New York Times best-selling business books list.

The Coming Wave#1 – Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

#2 – Build the Life You Want by Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey

#3 – Atomic Habits by James Clear

#4 – Astor by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe

#5 – The Creative Act by Rick Rubin

#6 – The Coming Wave by Mustafa Suleyman

#7 – I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Second Edition by Ramit Sethi

#8 – Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

#9 – The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel by Douglas Brunt

#10 – Gambler by Billy Walters with Armen Keteyian


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